The women, who are from the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), fell ill on Monday. Two VUT students die after drinking mixture of cough syrup and alcohol
The circumstances around their deaths are still being investigated.
“Paramedics were called and both students were certified dead. The bodies will be taken for toxicology and postmortem to determine the cause of death,” said police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo.
According to OFM, Sebatso Lebasha, died in a friend’s room soon after she showed signs of not being well. Lina Namne from Evaton died at her student residence.
The mixture of cough syrups, soda, and hard candy is a known drug that is abused in large numbers by young people across the world.
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Reports have indicated that deaths linked to codeine – which is found in some cough syrups – doubled between 2000 and 2009.
According to the Addiction Centre, the effects of codeine are believed to be similar to those of morphine or heroin.
“The University wishes to express its deepest condolences to the families and friends and those who knew both our deceased stidetns very well”